Men's shed members have been kept busy

Gosport Men's Shed is now in its fourth year, and from the early days of just 12 members it now has 130 members registered, the largest of its kind in the country.

Members of Gosport Mens Shed, with Cllr Lynn Hook, Mayor of Gosport
Members of Gosport Mens Shed, with Cllr Lynn Hook, Mayor of Gosport

It has been a busy year so far for the men of the shed, as they completed a project at Brockhurst Primary School after being contacted by Suzi Hoskins, the local schools project administrator.

The men made a path wider to make access easier for parents.

They also made the garden more usable for the children and they made and installed bird boxes and painted a shed.

After a shed member made such a good job of repairing a cannon outside the senior rates’ mess at HMS Collingwood last year, the Shed was asked if it could make a notice board for the Woodentots Nursery which was made and installed for them.

The chaplin at HMS Collingwood heard of the good work of the shed men, so he asked if they could repair the wooden cross outside the chapel.

This was delivered to the shed and is now under repair.

Other projects this year include making a garden usable again for the learning support department at St Vincent College. Some planters are currently under construction for outside the learning support classrooms.

The Fighting Cocks, in Clayhall Road, was helped by some shed members to prepare their garden borders ready for planting.

The shedders involved very much appreciated the vittles supplied.

A future project for the shed is to help HCC Highways with a project at the junction of Clayhall Road and Anglesey Road.

Members are very grateful for the support given by St Vincent College which has enabled it to grow into the largest Men’s Shed in the country.

The Gosport Shed now has a choir which rehearses twice a week. There is also a gang type show planned for September.

To celebrate the shed’s fourth birthday there will be a ball on June 3 in the Jervis Centre at St Vincent College. To buy tickets call 07792 510301 or 07852 452664.